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Barton & Guestier St. Louis Chardonnay 1999

Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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    Winemaker Notes

    The Mâcon Appellation is situated in southern Burgundy, on the right bank of the Saône River, north of the city of Mâcon. The soils are granite underlying chalk. Only 43 villages are allowed to call their wine "Mâcon-Villages," an appellation that pertains to only white wines. The wines are made from Chardonnay, the grape of the great white Burgundies. VINTAGE Frost on April 14th and hail in June caused important damage in some sectors of the appellation. Conditions were difficult throughout the year, resulting in relatively low yields. Happily a week of fine weather at harvest time caused a net improvement in the ripening process. The resulting white wines are soft, relatively light and will mature rapidly. However, thanks to very strict selection, Barton & Guestier has succeeded in producing a remarkable 1998 Mâcon Blanc. WINEMAKING The grapes were pressed immediately on reaching the cellar. The must was allowed to settle for a few hours at cellar temperature in order to clarify the juice. The alcoholic fermentation took place at 68-75° F in a combination of concrete and wooden vats. The wines were racked, fined and filtered following malolactic fermentation. WINEMAKER NOTES Lovely pale straw color with hints of green. Aromatic with notes of pears and green apples in the nose. Harmonious and well-balanced, with remarkable fullness upheld by good acidity. Lively and full of flavor.

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    Barton & Guestier, Burgundy, France
    The company's founder, Thomas Barton, left his native Ireland and emigrated to Bordeaux when he was just 30 years old. He was a true adventurer, looking to make his fortune, and founded a shipping company in 1725. The first barrels of wine were naturally exported to Ireland, which, along with Holland, was the biggest market for Bordeaux in the early 18th century. Very quickly, his efforts brought an unbelievable level of prosperity. He was the first shipper to have his own wine estates. By 1747, Thomas Barton was considered Bordeaux’s number one shipper. His loyal clients nicknamed him "French Tom".

    His family, his associates and his successors followed his example. In 1802, his grandson, Hugh Barton, teamed up with his friend Daniel Guestier, a French shipowner, to create Barton & Guestier. Both men's children and grandchildren went into the business, until the mid-20th century. Today, a dedicated team and over a hundred distributors continue to develop the Barton & Guestier brand worldwide. Barton & Guestier wines are widely recognized throughout the world as wines of excellent quality and tremendous value. The list of wines has also grown to include a broad range of classics from the greatest wine regions of France.

    GZT137115_1999 Item# 38317